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Goal:
Students will understand the basic processes involved in manipulating genetic information, examine different uses of genetic engineering, analyze a variety of stakeholder opinions, and evaluate several issues surrounding the topic. Using reasoning and evidence, students will make decisions and develop their own perspective on this dynamic topic.

Primary Objectives:
After viewing content and participating in interactions, students will be able to:

  1. Define genetic engineering, and identify the location of genetic information within a cell.
  2. Explain the basic processes involved in manipulating genetic information used by recombinant and cloning methods.
  3. Identify ways that genetic engineering is used in manufacturing, agriculture, and medicine.
  4. Identify several current issues surrounding genetic engineering
  5. Explain how political, social, economic, and environmental factors influence how decisions about genetic engineering are made.

Secondary Objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate competence in writing, listening, speaking, and presenting an argument, including an application of basic principles of logic and reasoning.
  2. Students will collaborate with peers, experts, and others to write and present products using technology resources. Through the presentation of these products, students will demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  3. Students will interpret and display data used to present an argument.